Girls and boys see gender inequality in their homes and communities every day — in textbooks, in the media and among the adults who care for them. Parents may assume unequal responsibility for household work, with mothers bearing the brunt of caregiving and chores. The majority of low-skilled and underpaid community health workers who attend to children are also women, with limited opportunity for professional growth. And in schools, many girls receive less support than boys to pursue the studies they choose. This happens for a variety of reasons: The safety, hygiene and sanitation needs of girls may be neglected, barring them from regularly attending class. Discriminatory teaching practices and education materials also produce gender gaps in learning and skills development. As a result, nearly 1 in 4 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are neither employed nor in education or training — compared to 1 in 10 boys. Worldwide, nearly 1 in 4 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are neither employed nor in education or training — compared to 1 in 10 boys. Yet, in early childhood, gender disparities start out small.
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Though Nancy Drew was solving mysteries in the s and Buffy slayed vampires all through high school in the late s, young girls are rarely shown as heroes in programs aimed at general audiences, said Mary Celeste Kearney, director of gender studies and a professor of film, television and theater at University of Notre Dame. Like year-old Elliot on the flying bicycle in E. The Duffer Brothers said gender was never a question when it came to creating the super-powered star character in their Netflix series Stranger Things. Eleven, played by year-old Millie Bobby Brown, can move things with her mind and is the fascinating secret friend of a group of pre-teen boys in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind. Stranger Things season 2 set to hit Netflix on Halloween.
Girls and young women
Though Nancy Drew was solving mysteries in the s and Buffy slayed vampires all through high school in the late s, young girls are rarely shown as heroes in programs aimed at general audiences, said Mary Celeste Kearney, director of gender studies and a professor of film, television and theater at University of Notre Dame. I liked this feeling. Played by year-old An Seo Hyun, Mija has grown up with Okja, and risks everything to protect the massive creature when the corporation that sponsored the super-pig program comes to claim its product. But Mangold cast an exceptional actress, year-old Dafne Keen, and successfully brought a killer female character to the ultra-male world of big-screen superheroes.
During adolescence and young adulthood, there is a critical period of opportunity to engage boys and young men in understanding why gender equality is good for everyone and recognizing their role in promoting the empowerment of girls and young women. By using and sharing their power and privilege, boys and young men have the ability to shift the dominant norms and ideas about gender and masculinity, and challenge the patriarchal beliefs, practices, institutions and structures that drive inequality between men and women. In Cambodia , UN Women trained young male volunteers to give interactive presentations in high schools on ending violence against women and girls. Volunteers also participated in radio programmes to discuss the role of men in ending violence against women and girls, and organized a youth event to start a public discourse on the issue. Since its inception in November , more than young men have been trained as advocates and community leaders, Men to Men Campaign clubs have been established in 37 tertiary institutions across three districts, and more than 10, young men have been reached through various forms of media. The concept behind the rally was simple: for our society to move forward, we need a balance of genders, just like one needs balance to ride a bicycle. Prior to the rally, a week-long signature drive was organized in Pune to raise awareness about the need for a gender-equal society, and commit people to sign up for the campaign and the event.